Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The "Close Enough Construction Co."

. . . . . is working hard on this little project. . . .
 It's going to be a deck that holds a beautiful wooden gazebo!
Since our hill doesn't have much shade for a "gathering place" (as the Tevises call it),
we decided to put up a more permanent source of shade for all our socials during the summer.
The two construction workers on the job now, have given themselves the name "Close Enough Construction" . . . because everything they do is "close enough" to being right on! ;-)
(I guess it's better than "Frick and Frack" Construction Company! : -)
Actually, they are doing a very good job, and hope to have it finished in time for our Memorial Day gathering!  Anyone in the area that would like to come help, feel free!
We'll provide the tools and ice-cream!!!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fun with Friends at an English Country Dance in a Parking Garage :-)

Right after the end of the recent homeschool conference, the fun social time continued with a potluck and an English Country Dance in a parking garage! :-) Thanks so much to Valerie for putting all these video clips together into one!


Friday, May 20, 2016

Celebrate His Abundant Goodness!

It seems throughout Scripture that God delights in His people rejoicing and celebrating over all the good things He has done, which speaks to our family . . . because we love celebrating things!!!!  And in this abundant Christian life, there is always plenty to celebrate, right?!!!!

Psalm 145 has really been exciting to me recently . . .

 I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.
There's sure a lot to praise the Lord for
and celebrate in that Psalm, huh?
Let's pass it on!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Our Daily Dose of Cuteness and More . . .

Just a few random photos from the last week or so . . .
(Valerie took the first three pictures!)
 Brielle and Charlie!
(Brielle dressed herself this morning! ;-)
 Big brother, Kyle, with two littlest siblings.

 Timmy's first chance at pitching this season!
 Just a sampling of what goes on here at any given time of day at our house . . .
 (I wasn't even around when these pictures were taken by Timmy!)
 The hummingbirds are back in droves! : -)

 Victoria gave Anna a haircut recently,
and was inspired to capture this photo by another similar photo a friend sent to her recently! : -)
Thank you, Lord, for all of these special moments! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Fun Time with Kyle!

For Mother's Day Kyle blessed me with a gift certificate for two to a really neat restaurant in town.
We decided to use it for a yummy breakfast!
 (Well, it ended up being a breakfast for three!)
 I think Kyle really enjoyed the food!
He ordered chicken fried steak with eggs and potatoes on the side.
I loved the breakfast too, but especially enjoyed our four hour conversation! : -)
My 6'5" son being careful not to hit his head on this rafter while waiting to visit his good friend Abe at the nearby bakery he works at.

Newcomer to the Farm . . .

Victoria recently purchased a young horse.  She came to her with no training at all.  
Victoria is planning to invest lots of training into her, and then resell her. 
She has named her "Sky."
(Bree is on the left, Sky is on the right.)
(Photos by Victoria and Valerie)

 The training has begun, and Sky is responding well!
She has already been able to put a saddle on her,
and is making good progress.
 Victoria is really excited about and enjoying this new challenge!
It is very fun for her to see Sky improve day-by-day!

Some of the Best Time . . .

is time spent with big sister, Lydia!!!!
Every so often, these four young ones, beg and plead, and basically cause quite a disturbance in our normal groove here, until they get their big sister fix! ;-)
(Pictures by Lydia! :-)
But I think the feeling is quite mutual on her end too!
So it works out well! : -)

Just being on their farm is fun in-and-of-itself.  There are so many awesome things to see and do!

But she also takes them fishing and for hikes and picnics!


 They are always so filled with joy and fun stories when they return.
And then they begin planning for the next time they can visit Lydia! : -)
Thank you, Lydia, for being such a super special sister! They love you (and Richie!)
so much, as do we all!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

So Blessed With Awesome Friends - Part 2

Thanks so much to Victoria for putting together this video of our recent, awesome weekend! Thank you so much for all the fun and special memories dear friends!


Monday, May 16, 2016

So Blessed with Awesome Friends!

We're praising the Lord for an abundance of such dear friends!
This weekend, we were super blessed to have a few of the Smith's out for a visit.
The girls were able to enjoy riding the horses . . .



 Gracie rode so well!
She even rode Bree, the newly trained horse!
(We'll be posting a video soon of some of the riding, so you'll be able to see their riding in motion!)

 Back at the ranch the guys enjoy visiting the horses on Sunday evening. . .  
(Yup . . .there's a new horse in there.  I'll write about that soon!)

We were also really blessed to have our neighbor friends drop in for dinner and fun afterwards.
We made up this new game . . .
 Just need a bunch of juggling balls and a big circle of friends!
We named it "Switch Ball!"

 Interesting, huh?  We'll be posting a video soon that will explain it much better than still photos!
 Kyle was super duper blessed to have Taylor's help with some repairs on his truck. 
 Thank you so very much, Taylor!

  Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of these awesome friends!

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